Writing for The European Sting, Jonathan Salim reminds us exactly why 2019 is the year to switch from harmful plastic straws to biodegradable plastic and paper straws. We all understand the negative environmental impact of single-use plastic straws. With billions being used per year, they sit in landfill sites for years and years. However, plastic straws are not much better for our health either.
As well as inducing aerophagia, which triggers moderate-to-severe abdominal pain, belching, nausea and/or vomiting, plastic straws are composed of lethal components including Bisphenol A (BPA) and Polypropylene (PP), studies of which have shown to be harmful and to cause illness. In addition, long with PP, these chemicals have also been shown to express oestrogenic activity (EA) with the oestrogen receptor dependent pathways. For men wanting to maintain healthy testosterone levels, this spells problems.
Couple the health risks with the more-than-obvious impact on our environment and there is little point in continuing to use single-use plastic straws in 2019. With REPA biodegradable plastic straws being, not only a greener, but also a financially competitive alternative, why wait for impending European-wide laws before you make the switch to eco-friendly biodegradable straws?